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Are you a pro when it comes to antiperspirant?

There’s more to antiperspirants than meets the underarm. Click through these myths to test your knowledge.

Myth Busters

TRUE: Many sources say this is false. But anecdotal evidence suggests that changes in diet, activity or stress can affect a product's performance. If you feel your antiperspirant or deodorant is not working as effectively as it had, consider switching forms or fragrances. (Just note, all antiperspirants are considered Over The Counter (OTC) Drugs and are therefore regulated by the FDA. So they have passed tests to assure clinical effectiveness.)

TRUE: It can. Certain foods can cause an increase or change in body odor. Garlic is one of them. Others include onions, certain spices, caffeine and alcohol --- all have been known to increase odor. And when it comes to sweat, certain other spices and peppers containing capsaicin have been found to increase sweating. So here's the question now: do any foods actually reduce body odor or sweat? Not that we know of right now.

FALSE: There are completed studies focusing on this issue. And according to the National Cancer Institute, the Mayo clinic and the FDA, there is no conclusive evidence that links the use of underarm antiperspirant or deodorants to the development of breast cancer. However, consumer safety and product quality are of utmost importance to The Dial Corporation, so we conducted our own review of the best scientific and medical information currently available and our findings concurred with above.
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FALSE: There is no conclusive evidence to support that theory. But we do know how it may have gotten started. Some studies have indicated that higher levels of aluminum were found in the brain cells of Alzheimer's Dementia patients. However, the presence of aluminum has not been cited as a cause of the disease. Even if it were, the aluminum salts in Dry Idea® antiperspirant do not penetrate the skin in levels that can be detected in blood. In fact, other common items included in soil, water, foods, drugs, and even cooking utensils contain aluminum. And exposure to any one of these could produce aluminum levels that would be significantly higher than from using Dry Idea antiperspirant. If you'd like to explore more information on this topic, here are a few links:

FALSE: Different people need different types of antiperspirants or deodorants. These needs can be physiological (heavy vs. light sweaters or ingredient sensitivity). Or they can be product form: (issues with white residue). Even personal preference plays a part in the antiperspirant you choose (how an application feels on your skin). There are several forms of Dry Idea® antiperspirant to match different preferences. But once thing is for sure - all will keep you dry! Check out the line for yourself to see what suits you best.

TRUE: BUT ... some people do tend to sweat excessively, which can lead to embarrassing situations. Typical factors that cause people to sweat include:

  • exercise, particularly strenuous exercise
  • hot weather
  • nervousness, anxiety or stress (this perspiration normally occurs under your arms)

But if it's triggered by emotion, it's most likely to occur on your face, your palms and the soles of your feet as well as your underarms.
Because it's almost impossible to define "normal sweating," try to learn what's normal for you. This will help you pinpoint any unusually changes. If you consider yourself an extremely heavy sweater, you may have a condition called axillary hyperhidrosis, which can be treated through the use of specialty products or procedures prescribed by your doctor.

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